Program Highlights

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Program Highlights

Summit Agenda available here!

The Ecology and Education Summit will feature two keynote speakers, Will Steger and Will Allen, five panel discussions,two breakout sessions and an evening reception on Oct 14 with a poster session and interactive displays and exhibits

A series of pre-Summit events organized by partner organizations will help bring discussion at the Summit to a deeper level.  Check back here regularly for updates in September.

 Summit schedule

Thursday October 14

7:30 am Onsite Registration Opens
8:00 am - 6:00 pm  Panels and Breakouts
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Reception with Poster Session and Interactive
    Displays and Exhibits

 

Friday October 15              

8:00 am - 2:00 pm (through lunch)
   Panels and Breakouts

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Extended Roundtable Conversations

 

Panel and Breakout Sessions will be organized around the following themes:

Learning about Complexity and Change:
New Foundations for Environmental Literacy 

  • What are the major ecological and environmental issues that the next generation needs to be prepared for?
  • What are the pivotal ideas for an inclusive and integrative environmental literacy framework in a changing world?
  • What new paradigm for stewardship is appropriate for secular and faith-based education?
  • How can environmental literacy serve the workforce needs of the nation in the next decade?

 Turning the Tide:
Building a Green Society through Learning and Doing

  • What opportunities exist through the media and youth culture to catalyze a transition to a green society?
  • How can we make the links between human health and the environment more transparent?
  • In what ways might ‘green’ communities, schools, campuses and cafeterias provide an avenue for environmental learning?
  • How can we expand learning in the outdoors?
  • How can environmental literacy both serve and reflect the full human diversity of our nation?

 Seeing our World Inside and Out: Harnessing New Technologies for Environmental Literacy

  • What is the role of technology in ecology and environmental education?
  • How do we harness the power of online technologies such as simulations, visualization tools and data models for education?
  • How can we continue to foster outdoor and field-based experience in a digital era?
  • How can we take advantage of mobile technologies to increase citizen participation in environmental decision-making?

Fostering Lifelong Learning Skills:
Empowering Best Practices in Effective Teaching and Learning

  • What are the most effective professional learning communities?
  • How can service learning bring innovation to curriculum development?
  • How do we work within an environment of high stakes testing?
  • How can ecological and environmental literacy build on reforms in the K-12 system and advance undergraduate education toward a green society?

Expanding Funding, Strengthening Public Policy

  • How do we navigate in the current political process and climate to increase resources for environmental literacy?
  • How can we accelerate opportunities to build new and diverse pathways/pipelines for green careers?
  • What will be required to facilitate coordination of policy and strategies at multiple scales: local, state and national?
  • What mechanisms are needed to facilitate greater integration of disciplines, sectors and program focus?

 Environmental Literacy for All

  • Where are the gaps in environmental education programs and services across the spectrum of formal and informal education for K-20+?
  • What avenues should be developed to effectively engage an increasingly diverse and urban generation for future-oriented ecological thinking, planetary stewardship and participation in a green economy?